To the Editor,
Everett’s Preliminary Election is right around the corner and I’m writing about why Carlo DeMaria deserves to be elected to another term. Mayor DeMaria’s record of delivering for Everett reaches far. From establishing the city’s capital improvement plan to developing innovative means of transportation, DeMaria delivers. From bringing in Encore Boston Harbor, the largest private investment in the history of the Commonwealth, to renovating every major park and playground in the city, DeMaria delivers. From being a statewide model of how to effectively test and vaccinate residents during a global pandemic, DeMaria delivers.
Putting 14 years of accomplishments aside, DeMaria’s leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic alone should earn him another term. Paying close attention to the situation that was developing in other countries, DeMaria was one of the first in our state to make the tough call to close city buildings and schools. The Mayor and his dedicated administration became a statewide model on how to effectively test and vaccinate residents at the levels Everett was able to. Mayor DeMaria was also vocal and instrumental in getting our educators eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring a safe return to in-person learning.
When it came to keeping our residents safe during the pandemic, Mayor DeMaria was relentless in ensuring every household in the city received a mask and ample resources to stay healthy and fed. The Mayor converted the city’s senior center into a fully operational food pantry which served over 1000 residents weekly and has distributed over 2 million pounds of food. Today, the city still delivers over 500 daily meals to our senior citizens. Concerned about a tax revenue shortfall during the pandemic, the Mayor advocated for and received over $3.1 million in additional CARES Act funding. When Everett got shortchanged by an antiquated funding formula, DeMaria fought for and received an additional $33 million in ARPA funding after the federal government failed to provide for our city.
The bottom line is, when it comes to Everett, Mayor Carlo DeMaria delivers. It’s easy to criticize those doing the job from the sidelines, but one thing we’ve yet to hear is what those challenging the Mayor would do differently. Tough times bring out the best in people. Carlo DeMaria is a time-tested leader. He is fair, compassionate and the leader Everett needs. Please join me in voting for Carlo on Tuesday, September 21st.